In Progress Bally Vector - Serial Number: EVE2999

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were they the two from facebook market place for £800?,if so you got a good deal

Yes these are the Pinball machines from Facebook, the seller originally offered me all three for £1400, but I only really wanted the Medusa. He ended up changing his mind and decided to keep Playboy and try and restore it himself. I ended up getting both Medusa and Vector for £700 in the end - he said he was tired of being messed about by people promising to buy Vector and not showing up and then offered me both for £700. I wasn't planning on having 2 Vectors, but he made me an offer I couldn't refuse! He seemed like a really nice guy, he knew how much they were both worth, but just wanted them gone so he could start work on his Playboy.
 

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nice pick up,another medusa is on ebay at the moment,it will be intresting to see what that fetches
 
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Time to swap out those old rusty screws for some stainless steel ones.
 

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Decided to coat the hinges in zinc to stop anymore rusting. I used a Dremel to get ride of the rust and smooth everything out, and then coated the hinges with three coats of zinc spray.
 

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Head box bulb holder board sanded, filled and painted.
 

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Time to get rid of those old yellowing light protectors and 3D print some new ones.
 

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Managed to find a spare few hours today to rewire and staple the bulb sockets.
 

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Wiring and LED displays reconnected.
 

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Had problems getting Vector to boot up properly with the Alltek MPU, so decided to try another MPU and see if that fixes the issues.

I’ve gone for the open source Lisy35 board this time. Seems to have a few more options than the Alltek board. The wireless and sound card options look very interesting.

The boards cost roughly £45 to build, so are definitely a good option if you are on a budget.

I’ve finished building the first board, so will report back soon with an update.
 

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Eureka! Booted up first time! I now have two booting Vectors.

Freeplay and player option both work perfectly.
I don’t know what the issue is with the Alltek MPU? I might try and fix it at a later date, but for now, I’m very happy with the Lisy35 boards. I have also ordered the sound card PCB to try out.
 

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Yay! New flipper coils and switches arrived today!

Should hopefully have a spare few hours on Monday to install these.
 

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I almost have a completely working Vector - the only issue left to fix is the GI lights in the backbox.

Tested the 6.5AC on the bare wire and all seems good there, also tried for shorts on the bulb fittings and they all seem good.

Here’s a list of everything I’ve checked so far.

1. Fuses = all good
2. 6.5V on bare wire = all good
3. Shorts on bulb fittings = all good
4. Bulbs = all good
5. TP4 6.5AC checked on power supply board = all good

The only thing left I can think of is a grounding issue?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Check for broken connector pins, you've already identified which ones to look at.

Checked continuity and 6.5V everything checks out? This is really beginning to be a bit of a head scratcher? I know the backbox GI lights only come on once a game is started and don’t come on during demo mode.
 

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Not worked on a vector for a while...so working from memory. (Disclosures, I am a forgetful ole duffer!).
Couple of things to check. 1).Solenoid expander pcb. (Relay check, connectors check, check for dry solder joints.).
2). Lamp flasher driver. 3). Lamp driver connector pin a5j3.1 and worth checking a5j3.26 For starters.....
All the best Keef.....(oh and when I get 5 I will dig out the manual for more of an educated diagnosis....).
 
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After lots of chasing my tail searching for problems that didn’t exist, it seems the triac on the power board might be the issue with the GI lights not coming on.
 
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It’s crimping time!

Time to say goodbye to those temperamental IDC connectors and replace them with the more reliable molex variety.
 

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Decided to rebuild and repair the original solenoid driver board. Added a new relay with a socket to help with maintenance in the future.
 

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Added a new 1N4007 diode, 330ohm resistor and TIP102 transistor where the old burnt out components were. Also added new caps.
 

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The missus has given me permission to have my own pin room!

The new plaster is drying nicely - hopefully should have the room painted by the weekend.
 

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